This Week at Holy Trinity, December 01, 2017

Hi, Everyone.  Happy Advent!  ‘Tis the season for long email blasts!

This Sunday, December 3rd, is the 1st Sunday of Advent and Nacho Name Tag Sunday.  There will be a Council Meeting at 12:15pm.  This Sunday is the last Sunday to get your Adopt an Angel gifts under the Giving Tree in the Narthex.  Don’t let those foster kids down!  Make sure they are unwrapped with the tag attached.  Donations of wrapping paper are appreciated, but gift bags are not needed.  Thank you all for supporting this worthy cause year after year.  (We’re running out of thank-you plaque space by the Media Table!)  Lots of stuff happening this weekend:

Tonight, Dec 1st, is Game Night (and you can’t get much more “first Friday” than the 1st).  Take a break from shopping to relax, eat, talk, and maybe even play games (if it comes to that).  Meet at 6:30 in the Activity Room and bring along any games or food you happen to have lying around (well, maybe not the congealed leftover gravy from Thanksgiving).

Saturday, December 2nd, is chock-full of activities.  First, there is a Holiday Boutique from 11am to 3pm in Holland Hall.  It’s sponsored by Relay For Life of Newark, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the American Cancer Society.

A Christmas Pageant Rehearsal follows from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday.  the Sunday School and Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Schedule is as follows:

12/02 (Sat):    Pageant practice 3 – 5pm

12/02 (Sat):    Family Caroling Night 5:30pm

12/03:             Sunday School 10am

12/10:             Sunday School  10am

12/16 (Sat):    Pageant practice 9 – 11am

12/17:             Pageant 10am (no Sunday school)

12/24:             No Sunday School

12/31:             No Sunday School

Music will be practiced during Sunday School time on Dec 3rd & 10th.  If parents could help with costuming on Dec 16th, and with snack stuff on Dec 2nd & 16th that would be great!  Dinner and snacks will be provided on this Saturday, Dec 2nd, for those staying on for…

Family Caroling Night!  Come celebrate Advent by caroling at local assisted living homes where HTLC members reside.  No experience necessary!  Meet at the church at 5:30pm to carpool together.  After caroling, we will meet back at church for snacks and tree decorating. If you would like, please bring cookies to share.  Contact Marta Wicke for any questions (; 510-516-2782).

While the others are out caroling this Saturday, a group of us will be doing the Hanging of the Greens at 6pm in the sanctuary. We could still use a couple more ladder-friendly members, if you are so inclined. (Ha!)

Last call for the much-anticipated annual Angel Tea! This Sunday is the last Sunday to reserve your spot for this fancy indulgence (the kind Martin Luther would approve of) which helps provide Christmas gifts for foster children.  It’s on December 10th at 1pm. The cost is $35 per person (a bargain for all the food you get!) and all proceeds go to purchase the gifts. There are still spaces left, so sign up at the Media Table NOW, before all the spots are gone. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Kuhlmann at (510) 502-0890.

Next Sunday, the 10th, there will be a Nominating Committee Meeting at 10am.  They’re your opportunity if you want to get on council and help direct our future! (If not, they’re your danger for getting on council – avoid all eye contact.)

Help beautify our church.  Please sign up to bring poinsettias for decorating the church on Christmas Eve. The plants can be given in memory or in honor of someone special  and can be any color you choose. Please deliver the plants to church by noon on Dec 24th. The sign-up sheet is on the Media Table.

Once again this year our Cause of the Month for December is Marielle’s Winter Relief.  HTLC Youth member Marielle is working with HTLC Social Concerns, Abode Services, and Fremont Human Resources to gather items helpful to those living on the streets.  This is the third year she has led such a project.  The focus this year, her second year doing a relief program with HTLC, is on Fremont’s Winter Emergency Warming Center, which opens every time it rains or drops below 40 degrees.  The homeless can get a hot meal, spend the night, bathe, and leave with a hot breakfast.  The most vulnerable people come to the center, and it’s a good way to distribute supplies to them.

What do they need?

  • Large tube socks
  • New underwear for men and women
  • Small flashlights
  • Bike locks
  • 6’ x 8’ tarps to cover carts overnight
  • Blankets
  • Rain ponchos
  • Notes of encouragement (see an example on the bulletin board)

Items can be dropped off in the collection box in the Narthex or Activity Room.  Thanks for your participation.

See you in church!

Keith Hillesland

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